Duke of Cumberland and the Suppression of the '45
readable...also a refreshingly original and scholarly work'
'a taut, compact, civilized contribution to historical
Higher Education Supplement
'a judicious account of the course and suppression of the 1745
rising together with a declaration of faith concerning the
'will appeal to military buffs [and] political
The Butcher, in a new revised edition, deals with the
Government's response to the 1745 Jacobite Rebellion. Whilst
there have many studies of the uprising from the Jacobite
perspective, few have tackled the event from the view of the
Government and its supporters.
roused from the initial reluctance to take the rebellion
seriously, supporters of the Hanovarian dynasty rallied to its
defence and exposed adherents of the Stuarts as a small
minority, not only in England but even in Scotland. The result
was to revenge the spectacular early successes of the Young
Pretender's forces in the crushing defeat at Culloden.
The leader of the Government's forces, The Duke of
Cumberland, was determined there would not be a third rebellion
to add to those in 1715 and 1745 and his tactics and treatment
of the defeated Jacobite forces rightly earned him the title
W. A. Speck was previously Senior Lecturer at the University of
Leeds and a lecturer at the University of